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Student Airs #1

Mathematics teachers often "fear" yet share the humorous mistakes (i.e. gaffes) that students make on tests. As revealed in these ten actual mistakes by students on non-mathematics questions, mathematics teachers are not alone in their "misery."

  • A violent wind storm is called a tomato.
  • Daniel Boone blazed a trail through the Cucumber Gap.
  • The great wall of China was built to keep out the mongrels.
  • Jules Verne wrote "Twenty Thousand Legs Under the Sea."
  • The man in the restaurant ordered scrabble eggs.
  • I did not return my library book on time and it perspired.
  • People who throw garbage out of a car window are called literate bugs.
  • An eye doctor is known as an octopus.
  • On a clear night the big diaper can be plainly seen in the sky.
  • The accident gave him a conclusion on his head.
Note: All of these student "misteaks" were collected by Jerry Robinson, who published a set of them each Sunday in the New York News column "Flubs & Fluffs," accompanied by an interpretive cartoon. He did this for twenty years, which implies perhaps that students always will have "airs"! Thanks Mr. Robinson...

And, as a piece of trivia, this same Jerry Robinson was an early (and legendary) artist for the Batman comic book series... in fact he is the co-creator of Robin, Alfred, The Joker, and The Penguin.

Source: J. Robinson's True Classroom Flubs & Fluffs, Scholastic Books, 1970